First ‘Suicide Squad’ Reactions Hit the Web

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The fate of Suicide Squad is, well, a bit unclear. The trailers are pretty excellent, no question about that. But some worrisome reports and the less-than-enthusiastic response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (For the record, I like the movie! Don’t pile up on me, Internet!) are leaving more than a few dubious about whether or not writer/director David Ayer can do this villain-centric story justice.

No pun intended.

And though first reactions weren’t expected for another few weeks, after the movie made its official debut at the MCM London Comic Con, some very lucky fans were apparently granted a very early look at the upcoming blockbuster. And if their word can be trusted, we might be in for something special.

Warner Bros. reportedly screened Ayer’s latest at Union City, CA’s Century 25 Union City and XD theatre last night, and reactions from said screening have hit Twitter throughout the day. Although one would believe they signed a non-disclosure agreement against this kind of activity, WB is probably pretty happy with the response.

The tweet round-up, collected by ComicBook.com, calls the new movie “a pleaser,” “pretty great” and downright “amazing.” And their positive responses can also be applied to the star-studded performances. Will Smith’s Deadshot was also proclaimed “amazing,” while Margot Robbie is “perfectly crazy” as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto’s Joker fit the film’s “aesthetics” and provided a “different aspect of insanity” to the iconic role. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Killer Croc, meanwhile, is reportedly something of a scene-stealer, as he left at least one audience member “rolling for days” by the end. Certainly some promising stuff.

Of course, it’s hard to take full stock in these reactions. After all, this is pretty typical for a new movie, especially a free superhero blockbuster they saw months in advance. Do you remember when people were raving about Green Lantern and last year’s Fantastic Four after some advance screenings? That’s what I thought. Suffice to say, we’ll have to wait until some more people see it before we can officially count our lucky stars on this one. But this is certainly a promising start. And hopefully the good buzz continues up through its August 5 release.

In the meantime, check out the tweets for yourself. And be on the lookout for more responses soon:

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  • Dimitri

    so, DC fanboys who liked things like Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, liked Suicide Squad? BIG SURPRISE!!

    • flavortang

      Calm down.

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    • Victor Thomas

      all those twitter pages are promotional pages not real people

      • flavortang

        You keep saying this. What is your proof?

        • Victor Thomas

          What? you’re too lazy to look at a twitter page? the proof of those pages being promotional twitter accounts is quite obvious when all of them are promoting video games and movies, no other tweets just promoting and 3 out of 4 were created in the last week. Look at the page yourself and at least do your own due diligence before you believe something.

          • flavortang

            I LOOKED AT THE TWITTERS. They look like your average Twitter accounts. Nothing untoward about them. You might want to get that tinfoil hat refitted. It’s a bit tight and pinching off the blood flow.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMAO.

        • Victor Thomas

          Also their was supposedly 1 screening the twitter pages allude to multiple screenings in different countries but somehow 4 people saw it.

    • b o b o

      What’s wrong with liking Man of Steel?

      • flavortang

        Nothing.

      • roberlin

        His point is that of course someone who like Man of Steel is going to like Suicide Squad. We don’t really have objective unbiased reviews here.

        • b o b o

          Well, i like man of steel but didnt like bvs. Its not fair basis if reviews are biased or not

          • All reviews are biased. It’s impossible to write an objective review of a film – the results would read like a Wikipedia entry, not what we think of as a review.

        • SAMURAI36

          Who cares? There’s bias all over the internet. No one needs to justify what they like or don’t like. What you eat don’t make nobody else p00p.

          • Fenix

            Lol, yeah that’s it, there’s a big bias. You are so delusional. Welcome to reality: BvS is a crappy movie. It’s not well made or well written.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    Never trust first response. Did even trust DPs. But the trailer, to me was bad. I didn’t find any of hose trailers entertaining.

    • flavortang

      “But the trailer, to me was bad. I didn’t find any of hose trailers entertaining.” Wow, I thoroughly disagree. That second SS trailer was one of the best of the year for me, hands down.

      • Joseph Chaisson

        Hence the opinion. I found all three to be lack luster. With no emotion and the movie a tone of eye rolling through out the whole film.

        • flavortang

          *shrug*

        • Peter James

          Disagree

          • Joseph Chaisson

            You are more then welcome to do so.

        • Radar Technician Matt

          You should become a critic. Seriously mate.
          You sound exactly like them…
          No emotion…. lack luster?
          Oh boy your negativity makes no sense at all.

          • Joseph Chaisson

            It’s not negative. It just an opinion. I know others that disagree and other agree. But I, for one, believes that trailers can be art. The master JJ and Nolan.

  • flavortang

    I never believe these first responders. The only thing we can do is wait until that first weekend.

  • Victor Thomas

    I recommend everyone to look at their twitter pages and research these people, these are fake reviews.

    • Steve Steve

      I looked at em. They seem legitimate.

      • flavortang

        True. They seem legit to me. *shrug*

        • JMMagwood

          Some people here get antsy and upset at the thought of someone liking a DC movie. You know them by their other names…

          • flavortang

            They must lead pretty terrible lives to find some kind of pleasure in constantly posting negative comments about a line of movies.

          • JMMagwood

            Just the internet trolls period. Not just the freaks who are here, but the Trumpsters, Hilary supporters, those who battle over comics, TV, etc…

            There’s no civil discussion any more, just trolls who never really have a point. You know who they are around here… You’re right. What kind of lives do these people have?

          • flavortang

            Exactly. There’s plenty of things I dislike, but what I don’t do is follow those things on the Internet and constantly pursue textual conflict over it. Those people who do are very weird. I always pursue things I like, not things I dislike.

          • JMMagwood

            That’s where I’m at, too. The thing that makes me laugh at the anti DC trolls here, some of them anyway, is they’ve attacked me at times just because I like some of DC’s content. I love MoS and BvS and got attacked over that. I really liked CW as well, and actually like most of what Marvel’s putting out, but that doesn’t matter. I like “Batman V Superman” so I have to be trolled. It’s ridiculous.

            And concerning “Suicide Squad” why is it wrong to be pleased that there’s some positive advanced word? We should all want these movies to be good, shouldn’t we? Trolls are pathetic. Haters are the worst.

          • flavortang

            Because they have very sad lives.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, it’s really weird. Nobody said “first responders are baised” when it came to CW.

            Just watch the movie when it comes out, and decide for yourself. in the meantime, let others get hyped, if they/we want.

          • Fenix

            Yeah but then there’s the rotten tomatoes scores, the cinema score and the billon dollar box office…

          • SAMURAI36

            So? Those are measurements for…. What, exactly? Especially, you know… BEFORE THE MOVIE CAME OUT?

            If you have a point here, then make it and be gone. Otherwise, you’re not worth my time, and I’m not gonna bother to respond to you.

          • Fenix

            The point being no one accused them of being bias because the movie lived up to the hype. Congrats you like an inferior product.

            They earned the public’s confidence with their track record.

          • SAMURAI36

            See, this is why I put people on ignore. The movie couldn’t live up to the hype PRIOR TO IT COMING OUT, GENIUS.

            Has SS come out yet? Have you seen it? Has it lived up to the hype?

            Catch a clue, dipstick

          • Fenix

            You love bad movies. Call me when BvS gets it’s box office and reviews out of the toilet. What you don’t get is that marvel has a track record that has earned them the public’s trust. DC has not earned any trust from the public.

          • SAMURAI36

            Call me when euthanasia gets approved in the state you live in, and you sign up for it.

          • Marquis de Sade

            You need Jesus!

          • JMMagwood

            You and the nut who replied to what you posted here gave me the best laugh I had today. Thanks!

          • Marquis de Sade

            No need for name callin’, Sammy.

          • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

            ?.

    • flavortang

      How are they fake?

      • SAMURAI36

        He doesn’t know. Which is why he can’t answer.

    • SAMURAI36

      What is your basis for this?

  • roberlin

    You show three tweets from the same person. So, we’ve basically heard from one person. Lame.

  • Marquis de Sade

    LOL! These are “ALLEGED” plants that only SAMMY-RAI and MAGGIE would deem worthy to water…Me, I think I’ll wait till August when I’ll see it for myself before I point my garden hose there way.

  • modok baby

    Anyone remember when BvS first screened at fan events? The Twitter reactions were making it out to be like the Citizen Kane of superhero movies…and we know how that turned out once it screened for other people. By comparison, this praise seems pretty guarded, conservative. “Met my expectations?” “Actually pretty great?”

    If the early reactions are once again misleading, let’s hope it’s that these guys don’t know an unqualified jaw dropping success when they see one 😉

    • flavortang

      This is why I’m reserving my judgment for the first weekend. I mean, I’m seeing it regardless, but still, it’d be nice to know that the DCEU has its first critically-acclaimed/audience-pleasing movie.

      • b o b o

        Im very skeptical with critics when it comes to cbm lately so i wont mind if it’s critically acclaimed or not. I just want it to be great in my standards and majority of fans would love it too

    • Sugam Kher

      BvS WAS the the Citizen Kane of superhero movies … it’s the people’s fault they went in to watch the Wolf of Wall Street and came out disappointed ..

      • Xavier Golden

        That’s a bit of a stretch. BvS wasn’t the worst superhero movie ever, but I wouldn’t call it the “Citizen Kane of superhero movies”.

        • Sugam Kher

          well are you guys watching the same superhero movies that I am? .. because till now all I’ve seen are superhero parodies! .. or just average films … BvS gave me that feeling of a comic book movie .. it took them seriously and it looked better than anything else out there .. the movie is sadly very misunderstood because all other superhero films have reduced their benchmark too far down … except X-men … saw that yesterday and have to agree .. i went in there as a hater and not expecting much because of the stupid ‘reviews’.. but that movie blew my mind … at power with BvS for me ..

          • SAMURAI36

            I agree with you totally.

      • Ha! Good one.

      • Let’sBeFriends

        “it’s the people’s fault they went in to watch a film that made narrative sense that wasn’t a chore and written for edgelords”
        fixed

    • JSZ

      Actually most of the first reactions were that Ben Affleck was great as Batman, which is true. And that Wonder Woman has one of the greatest moments in the movie, which is also true.

      • modok baby

        If you were scanning for measured responses with specifics, those sentiments were going around, but there was an overwhelming amount of hyperbole along the lines of ‘I won’t see a better movie this year!’ or ‘not just a great superhero movie but a great FILM’ or ‘if you don’t like Man of Steel, don’t worry, this blows it away!’ etc. Even most of the praise for Batman and Wonder Woman wasn’t presented with a tacit ‘meanwhile, the rest of the movie is a nightmarish incoherent mess’ which is understandable, because these events are there to enjoy being super hyped.

        That’s why I’m intrigued by this praise having a tone like ‘I imagine people will approve!’ Could be that it’s underwhelming, but I’m hoping that it’s just successful in a way that isn’t as immediately intuitive for everyone. Like, BvS definitely moved and looked like a superhero movie of great import and heavy iconography even if the pieces didn’t all add up, but is there really any precedent for what a successful villain teamup movie looks like, let alone a weird one? Just Magnificent Seven type movies? If it’s as surreally macabre as the trailers look, and I hope it is, maybe it’s a good thing if not everyone can even tell if they like it at first. :) Obviously I’m extrapolating A LOT from some vague tweets with some heavy confirmation bias, but

        ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        • Joseph Chaisson

          #Truth. While some stated Batman and women majority of the early screenings were over whelming positive about BvS being the GOAT.

      • Let’sBeFriends

        Examples of the tweets that was featured in all the “first reactions” articles floating around: “If #BatmanvSuperman is an example of what to expect from future DC movies then Marvel better watch out”
        and
        “You want a race, well DC may have just caught up with one movie.”

        so actually, no

    • Origami Rose

      i remember and fell for it. not this time dc/wb, not this time. going in low expectations.

  • John

    The best trailer for SS was the very first Comic Con one.

  • breakerbaker

    I’m looking forward to the movie, but fan reactions on social media are not a reliable metric. Even when they are genuine reactions, there’s too many people who are emotionally invested in a positive perception and in generating positive buzz. This was obviously illustrated by BvS, which was pretty much only liked by people completely unwilling to not love it, and yet the initial social media blitz was almost exclusively incredibly positive.

  • DoYouFeelInCharge?

    I loved End of Watch, Fury, and Training Day which Ayer wrote, so I have reason to believe this will be good. One thing that critics certainly won’t be able to whine about is a lack of humor, I think it’ll be handled in way that doesn’t ruin the tension of a scene, there’s a time and a place for humor after all. I hope WB understands that, and that they didn’t come away with the wrong lesson from BvS

  • SAMURAI36

    Well, I have no probs whatsoever with these tweets. I loved MOS, I loved BVS, and I’ll most likely love SS, based on the pattern established thus far. Can’t wait for August!!

    • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

      27%

      • b o b o

        RT doesnt matter if you personally love a movie

        • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

          sure

    • Marquis de Sade

      That’s because you have an insatiable appetite for mediocrity, Sammy-rai.

  • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

    x men apocalypse currently rated better then bvs by imdb, rt and metacrtic???

    7.8 50% 51%>7.2 27% 41%

    so it looks like ss will be battling bvs for worst cbm of 2016 ?

    • Sugam Kher

      You check RT and meta? … that’s sad .. because i left RT when I saw that the Justin Beiber movie beats BvS according to them… Although Apocalypse was amazing for me .. blew me away.

      • theClownPrinceOfTrolls

        i feel asleepevery time ive watched bvs. so i dont find it off the beiber was rated better.

      • Joseph Chaisson

        It’s not according to them. It’s according to the Critics that tell RT if they felt the movie was rotten or fresh. You also have to look at the amount of critical response. JB doesn’t have the same critical response as BvS but more importantly BvS audience response is sad. Just like the critical response. Deny it all you want BvS was bad. Both critics and audience agree with that.

  • Xavier Golden

    You can never trust these early reactions. Well, “never” might be too harsh, but normally the opinions are either biased or circumstantial. I’d love for this movie to be good, but it’ll be genuinely surprising if it is.

  • Carmelo Pappalardo

    The guys on the Big Bang Theory liked it. lol

  • Suicide Squad is the first new DC movie that has any business going with the uber grimdark tone, and yet it’s the only one so far that is hinting at a sense of humor about itself. That’s not a bad thing, but it appears as if it juggles darker crime elements with characters who pop. It’s just sad that the bad guys in this movie appear to be more likable than Superman and Batman in this universe. Sigh. Still, the trailers for this movie are the best thing I’ve seen from the “DCEU” so far. Amanda Waller’s portrayal is on point. Still on the fence though. Hopefully word of mouth around release will be good.

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